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Panjgur Military operation: Two killed several arrested and disappeared, kill and dump continues

Panjgur Military operation: Two killed several arrested and disappeared, kill and dump continues | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Occupied Balochistan: Bullet-ridden body of previously abducted member of Baloch National Movement found in Panjgur

Pakistani armed forces killed one Baloch and abducted five others during a military offensive in Tasp area of Panjgur, Balochistan on Wednesday (27 February 2013).

Sources said the Pakistani forces surrounded Tasp in early hours of Tuesday and attacked a village from all sides. The indiscriminate firing by forces killed Saeed Baloch while Zahid Baloch, Anwar Baloch, Saifullah, Niamat ullah and Mohammad Jan were abducted and taken to unknown location....

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Bahrain releases pro-democracy activist awaiting trial

Bahrain releases pro-democracy activist awaiting trial | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahraini authorities released pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja from detention on Wednesday, her lawyer and sister said, as she awaits trial over a charge of insulting Bahrain's
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DETEKT: Resist Surveillance software

DETEKT:  Resist Surveillance software | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of FinFisher and Hacking Team RCS, commercial surveillance spyware that has been identified to be also used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world. Read more about our Intentions & Methods.

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Bahrain elections must not be used to cover up human rights violations | CJFE

Bahrain elections must not be used to cover up human rights violations | CJFE | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...CJFE adds its voice to No Peace Without Justice and the undersigned signatories to urge that Bahrain’s upcoming elections not be used to cover human rights violations. On 22 November 2014, Bahrain’s citizens will be called to cast their votes for legislative and municipal elections. The elections will be the first to take place since the people of Bahrain took to the streets and squares of the Kingdom in February and March 2011, demanding more openness in the political process and sustained reform to enlarge the space for freedoms and rights enjoyed by Bahraini citizens......

 
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Obama continues HIS human rights abuses....

Obama continues HIS human rights abuses.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has repeatedly asked Congress to exempt its military effort against the Islamic State from a longstanding ban on U.S. assistance to torturers and war criminals, highlighting doubts about finding "clean" American allies in a region wracked by ethnic animosity and religious extremism.
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The family that protests against Bahrain's brutal regime - Telegraph

The family that protests against Bahrain's brutal regime - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
With her father imprisoned for life and her pregnant sister facing giving birth in jail, Maryam Alkhawaja explains why they keep on protesting for democracy
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Bahrain Court Keeps Top Activist Behind Bars

Bahrain Court Keeps Top Activist Behind Bars | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahrain court ordered prominent activist Nabeel Rajab kept behind bars on Wednesday as it adjourned his trial over remarks posted on Twitter deemed insulting to public institutions.

Rajab appeared in the Manama court, where the judge set a new hearing for Sunday, activists said.

Rajab, a member of Bahrain's Shiite majority, which has been protesting against the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers since 2011, was arrested on October 1 after posting comments on Twitter about the interior and defense ministries.
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NCCM

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The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights & civil liberties of Canadian Muslims (and by extension of all Canadians), promoting their public interests and challenging Islamophobia and other forms of xenophobia.

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Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime demo

Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime demo | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In Bahrain, anti-regime demonstrators have reportedly taken to the streets of the Persian Gulf kingdom, calling on the ruling Al Khalifa regime to relinquish power.

According to reports, the Bahraini demonstrators held an anti-regime protest rally in the northwestern village of Bani Jamra.

Reports say similar gatherings were also held in the village of Maqaba, located north of the capital, Manama.

Earlier this month, Bahrainis held protests across the country, calling for the boycott of upcoming general elections scheduled to take place next month.
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Potential torture investigation of Bahraini prince puts IOC and AFC on the spot

Potential torture investigation of Bahraini prince puts IOC and AFC on the spot | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A possible police investigation into allegations that the head of Bahrain’s National Olympic Committee was involved in the torture of political detainees, including three national team football players, could prove embarrassing for the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and a relative of the prince, who has systematically refused to condemn the torture and detention of numerous athletes in Bahrain.

An investigation could also constitute a litmus test for the efforts of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to persuade international sports governance to recognize the inextricable links between sports and politics. It could raise issues for the IOC that are similar to those that have dogged world football body FIFA since the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

In Qatar’s case FIFA executives have been forced by widespread condemnation of labor conditions in the Gulf state to acknowledge that human rights criteria should be taken into consideration in the awarding of future tournaments. In Bahraini NOC head Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa’s case, the question would be whether human rights should be a criterion for eligibility in international sports governance.
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Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja urges UK to speak out on human rights violations - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja urges UK to speak out on human rights violations - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

You can imprison a human rights defender, but you can’t stop the human rights cause, Maryam Al-Khawaja told a packed press conference in London on Wednesday, organised by Index on Censorship and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD).

The prominent Bahraini activist and co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights urged UK authorities to speak out about rights abuses in her country, which she said is being run like a business by the ruling Al-Khalifa family. This comes after the arrest of her colleague, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) president Nabeel Rajab. He is facing charges of insulting government institutions on Twitter.

Also on Wednesday, her sister Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced to seven days’ detention for publicly insulting King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa by ripping up a picture of him in court. She was in court over charges connected to her previous human rights campaigning....

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Indiastan Balochistan.....

Indiastan Balochistan..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Site seeking accounts and testimonies of the atrocities of the Pakistani Government against the Baloch people.

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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab to face trial for expressing opinion - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab to face trial for expressing opinion - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Index is deeply concerned that the UK government has done little to press Bahrain to improve its human rights record. Bahrain's insistence on the prosecution of Nabeel Rajab underlines the abysmal state of free expression in that country....

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Bahrain's radiant future....

Bahrain's radiant future.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The future seen by all who view events in Bahrain with a historical eye for clarity:


1. The AlKhalifa terrorists are cast down.

2. The AlKhalifa terrorists are tried and convicted at the ICC for crimes against humanity.

3. The peaceful, freedom loving citizenry of Bahrain are liberated and their long suffering is ended.

4.  A Democratic Republic is established in Bahrain representing the constituency of the population and all peoples have a voice in Government in proportion to their percentage of the total population.

5. The Pearl Roundabout is rebuilt as a monument to freedom, as a monument to perseverance of the Bahraini people, and as a monument to solidarity.

6. Political prisoners are freed and given unconditional pardons by the new interim State Government.

7. Political reformers who were imprisoned take leadership roles in the new Government.

8. Exiled citizens return, citizens with revoked citizenship are restored.....

9. The police forces are reviewed and brought under civil authority with proper checks and balances to restore order, justice, and servitude to the people.

10, GCC agreements and alliances will be reviewed and made to serve the betterment of the Bahraini people, not enacted to harm them...

11. The US base for the 5th fleet will be revoked and the USA will be kicked out for their crimes against the Bahraini people.

12. The judiciary will be heavily purged.  New appointments will serve the cause of justice, the law, and equality.  Prejudice, preferential treatment, and Nepotism will be outlawed. 

13. The 'king' and 'prime minister'  will spend the rest of their lives in solitary confinement in ICC prisons.  Their highest serving minions will follow them in lengthy prison sentences....

 

SUMMOOOOD ! ! !

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Saudi Arabia 'intensifies Twitter crackdown'

Saudi Arabia 'intensifies Twitter crackdown' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Saudi authorities have stepped up their crackdown on online dissidents, Human Rights Watch said, alleging that prosecutors and judges use "vague law" to charge citizens for peaceful tweets and social media comments.

The New York-based rights organisation on Sunday called on the government to end the crackdown and live up to its obligations to respect free speech.

Three prominent lawyers were convicted of criticising the Justice Ministry last month and sentenced to prison terms of between five and eight years.

Instead of pursuing their peaceful online critics, Saudi officials would be better employed in carrying out much-needed reforms

Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch

 

Police also detained a liberal women’s rights activist in connection with tweets that allegedly criticised religious officials and promoted the right of Saudi women to drive.

"These prosecutions show just how sensitive the Saudi authorities have become to the ability of ordinary citizens to voice opinions online that the government considers controversial or taboo," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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USA: Release the Torture Report Now!

USA:  Release the Torture Report Now! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Join us and sign the petition: Tell Sen. Mark Udall and the Senate Intelligence Committee to enter the CIA torture report into the Congressional Record.
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Remove the criminal minded judges from the judiciary of KPK province of Pakistan and the judiciary of Pakistan.

Remove the criminal minded judges from the judiciary of KPK province of Pakistan and the judiciary of Pakistan. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pakistan is the country where the threat to humanity , peace , security and well being of not only innocent pakistanis but also the threat to humanity, peace, security and well being of the rest of the world has been thriving . While army operations have been effective in controlling these intolerant and violent talibanic elements yet these operations have also dispersed the threat and pushed these talibanic elements into hiding. The presence of sympathisers and rogue talibanic elements  in police, intelligence bureau, special branch police, traffic police, FIA, bureaucracy, academia , schools and universities, other security agencies and the judiciary of Pakistan at the district level of Karak, Bannu, D.i.khan and from the judges of the supreme court , high court and the administrative and clerical staff of the judiciary is a threat to the peace , national and international security. The inaction of the chief justice of Supreme court of Pakistan and the involvement of the judges of the supreme court of Pakistan in supporting these antihumanity talibanic elements is going to determine the fate of the national and international security and wellbeing of the world.I request the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take serious action into demands of the chairman of the political party PTI and conduct a fair and thorough investigation to solve the crisis going on in Pakistan for the last so many months.

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Prison in Bahrain: A Tale of Torture · Global Voices

Prison in Bahrain: A Tale of Torture · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Following the death of Hasan Alshaikh due to torture, Global Voices author Mohamed Hassan details his own experience being tortured by Bahrain authorities.
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Help bring awareness to the plight of the Baloch! Tweet with hashtag: #BalochMissingPersons Nov. 11-13

Help bring awareness to the plight of the Baloch!  Tweet with hashtag: #BalochMissingPersons  Nov. 11-13 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Help humanity, Support BSO (A) shutter down strike by Joining twitter campaign on 11th 12th and 13th NOV. for #BalochMissingPersons

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A Failure of Democracy and Human Rights »

A Failure of Democracy and Human Rights » | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It is a sad day for democracy when 12 Nobel Peace Laureates write a letter to President Barak Obama urging him to close one of the darkest chapters of recent U.S. history by acknowledging, and then rejecting, the “flagrant use of torture and other violations of international law” that had been conducted with the excuse of “fighting for terrorism” since 2001. That the recipient of the letter is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate himself makes the situation ludicrous. That he presides over the country purported to be one of the world’s leading democracies makes the situation even more incongruous.

For those of us who used to admire President Obama for his avowed stand on human rights, his reelection seemed to give him the opportunity to fulfill the promises he made regarding the closure of Guantanamo, the use of torture and the killing of innocent people in several countries in conflict.

However, we are still to see a determined action from him on the human rights front, to which he only paid so far lip service. And it makes us wonder who really holds power in the U.S.? How is it possible that the president of the most powerful country in the world is unable to rally the support necessary to end one of the most disgraceful policies of the U.S. government?

Although six months have passed since the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence voted to release its 480-page executive summary of its review of the nation’s “enhanced interrogation” program, the release of the unabridged and uncensored summary has not yet happened.

The reasons for this situation are not a secret. As the Committee’s leader, California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein stated last April, “The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain in our history that must never again be allowed to happen.”
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Iran re-arrests leading human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

(Reuters) - Iranian security forces arrested world-renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several others on their way back from a protest on Saturday, her husband said.

"While returning from the sit-in outside the Bar Association in Tehran, Nasrin was detained along with several friends and colleagues," her husband, Reza Khandan, said on his Facebook page.

"They photographed and ran identity checks on all the detainees and then released everyone but Nasrin, who is still detained wantonly and without a court order."
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Protest at the Bahraini Embassy - YouTube

CODEPINK protested at the Bahraini Embassy on October 17th, 2014 for imprisioning human rights protester, Zainab al-Khawaja. Zainab was arrested for simply t...
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No one likes Hammy, the idiot, AlKhalifa.......The World shreds this infant's picture because he is an arrogant fool.....Zainab is  a proud soul who only wants what is best for the Bahraini people......clearly the removal of a myopic, deranged simpleton 'king' is what is best.....

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Rallies Erupted in Saudi, Bahrain to Condemn Death Sentence against Sheikh Nimr

Rallies Erupted in Saudi, Bahrain to Condemn Death Sentence against Sheikh Nimr | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Rallies Erupted in Saudi, Bahrain to Condemn Death Sentence against Sheikh Nimr
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Update: Bahrain: Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested

Update: Bahrain: Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested today, 14 October 2014, during a court hearing where she was scheduled to face charges related to tearing a photograph of the King.

According to witnesses present at the trial, Zainab asked to speak, and stated to the court that "I am the daughter of a proud and free man. My mother brought me into this world free, and I will give birth to a free baby boy even if it is inside our prisons. It is my right, and my
responsibility as a free person, to protest against oppression and oppressors." Zainab Al-Khawaja then tore a photograph of the King of Bahrain in the court, and placed it in front of the judge. The court was immediately dismissed, and everyone was made to leave the court room while Zainab Al-Khawaja was placed under arrest.

Zainab Al-Khawaja was taken to Alhoora police station, and was allowed to telephone her family. She is currently almost nine months pregnant, and could give birth at any time.

The charges against Zainab Al-Khawaja are entirely related to freedom of expression, and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Gulf Center for Human Rights reiterate their calls for the immediate dismissal of these cases and all other politically motivated charges against her.
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You have to love Zainab!  What a great spirit!  I think mass destructions of Hammy AlKhalifa's image should be made the rule!  What if Bahrainis in the hundreds of thousands all destroyed poor little Hammy's pictures?!      Poor little Hammy, so vain, and  so impotent....

 

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3 Refugees Say They've Been Hacked by Bahrain

3 Refugees Say They've Been Hacked by Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On Monday three Arab pro-democracy activists went public with the allegation that the electronic tentacles of Bahrain's government had followed them all the way to Britain. It's one of a growing number of cases in which refugees say repressive governments have used malicious software to keep tabs on overseas activists.

"I thought I was safe here in Britain, but the Bahraini government is monitoring me here," Moosa Abd-Ali Ali said in comments carried by London-based Privacy International, which is filing a criminal complaint on behalf of him and two other activists, Jaafar Al Hasabi and Saeed Al-Shehabi.

The complaint, which draws on documents recently leaked to the Internet, alleges that Bahrain's government deployed FinFisher, a powerful espionage program, to break into their computers beginning in 2010 or even earlier.

Bahrain, a tiny island nation ruled by a Sunni Muslim monarchy, has since been rocked by unrest spearheaded by the country's Shiite majority, who are trying to pry greater rights from the royal family. Researchers and journalists have long documented the kingdom's interest in surveillance technology.
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Maryam #Al-Khawaja's Testimony of assault by the #AlKhalifa terrorists in #Bahrain

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